Why Iron? The One Thing My Mom Brain Forgot

This post is sponsored by Gerber®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you read my last post, you might have gathered we’ve been at the doctor’s office quite a bit lately. Poor lil Cha Cha was sick so many times I had to keep moving her 9 month appointment. It’s pretty bad when you’re on a first-name basis with the ladies at the front desk, and they all rejoice when you actually come in for a “well” visit. Let’s just say, the end of the school year aka “germ central station,” couldn’t come fast enough – if only for the pure fact that my kiddos (and the hubs and I) can now enjoy the next three months of summer sick-free.

One thing that did come up at Charlotte’s last appt, after poor thing had to be pricked and prodded for weeks on end, was that her bloodwork showed she was iron-deficient. She was also showing very little growth in the weight department, and apparently head too cuz the nurse came back in with a super perplexed look on her face, joking that her head size just sort of flat lined on the growth chart. I felt like explaining to her that she had just inherited her mamas random child-like sized head – but felt it wasn’t exactly the time or place 😉 Instead, her doctor and I discussed the chance that her bloodwork could be skewed since it was taken during April’s “sick-pocalypse” and that we’d redo it in a month. But to be on the safe side, I’ve ramped up all the iron-rich foods in her diet – leafy greens and my personal fave, Gerber Cereal. I’ll admit, this time around a few things have slipped my mind (I blame mom brain), like how important iron is for their learning ability and healthy brain development. Did you know that just two servings of Gerber infant cereal meet 100% of your baby’s daily iron needs? It also has essential nutrients such as Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, E and six B Vitamins for healthy development. I personally love it because it’s such an easy compliment to breastmilk – I literally will just pump 1-2 oz in the morning to mix with her Gerber oatmeal – done and done.

I encourage y’all to learn more about the nutritional benefits and purchase Gerber Cereal at Walmart by redeeming this Ibotta offer! Now if only I could get her to stop throwing food all over the dining room floor like it’s a baby Olympic sport – that would be something…

10 thoughts on “Why Iron? The One Thing My Mom Brain Forgot

  1. Reese says:

    When I first saw the title, I thought this might be a post about why you forget to iron your clothes. 😂 But so true, it’s easy to forget about our micronutrients needs in our diet! They are so important!

    • CammeoH2T@gmail.com says:

      Lol oh no!!! Bahaha maybe I need to add a little caveat in there 😂🤷‍♀️ But yes, and equally as hard to remember to do 😋

  2. Marta Rivera says:

    My hubby is so funny. As a young Soldier, he used to draw blood (he’s a Lab Tech) and he said it always used to break his heart to have to stick babies. I hope your little one is feeling better.

    • CammeoH2T@gmail.com says:

      Oh my gosh I bet!! I felt soooo bad for the nurses and always tried to make them feel better cuz I knew they felt bad and I knew she’d survive 😉

    • CammeoH2T@gmail.com says:

      You’re def right about that – I feel like I always run low too and try to make up for it in my diet and vitamins. I tried giving her an iron supplement but it was so gross she gagged on it 😕

  3. Mila Buckley says:

    Awe and it looks like she loves it so much, and I’m glad she’s feeling better! Iron is one of those things that we forget to think about nutritionally. I remember having to take a really nasty oil to get iron when I was younger!

  4. Kate Andrews says:

    I was a gerber baby! I often find that my iron levels run low – it’s because I don’t eat meat. It is hard to keep it up. Glad to hear this little cutie is feeling better!

    • CammeoH2T@gmail.com says:

      Awesome!!! Ugg yes that’s tough – we have a lot of vegetarians in my family and know that’s something they have to keep track of too. Thank you!!

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